Why Support FIT?
- Can FIT objectively measure its success?
- How is FIT accountable to its funders?
- Who are FIT’s clients?
- What geographic area does FIT serve?
- How does FIT address the needs of Southern Nevada?
1. Can FIT objectively measure its success?
Yes; there are three objective quantitative measurements of FIT’s accomplishments:
1. The number of clients employed annually;
2. The amount by which clients’ annual income increased; and
3. The amount by which clients’ demand on public assistance decreased.
For FIT clients employed in PY 2012-13 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013), these quantifiable objective measurements showed:
- 342 clients employed;
- An aggregate increase in employed client earnings of $7,772,732; and
- An aggregate decrease in public assistance of $2,411,292, generated from clients no longer needing unemployment insurance benefits of $2,093,952, food stamps in the amount of $369,048, and TANF, SSI, SSDI, rental/utility assistance no longer needed of $647,856.
Thus, each year following graduation, these 485 graduates will impact the local economy positively by $10,184,024.
An even more dynamic community impact occurs because this turnabout in dependence on public assistance and income is not a one-year phenomena. Experience has shown us that every year following successful employment, FIT employed will be able to be self-sufficient without requiring public assistance. Furthermore, their earnings will generally increase until the date of their retirement. The powerful cumulative effect of the permanent change the FIT program helps people make recurs every year.
2. How is FIT accountable to its funders?
- Money is tightly accounted for. Upon approval of each client’s Vocational Plan (VP), an individual client budget is prepared. Only expense items noted in each budget will be paid. Immediately upon approval of a client’s VP, all of the funds necessary for that VP are segregated into an earmarked account. Thus, we know at all times that all client costs have been funded
- No funds are ever remitted directly to a client: checks for tuition are made payable to the school, vouchers are used cover food needs, bus passes for transportation, etc.
- FIT does not carry a deficit. All funds necessary for general, administrative and fundraising needs are raised through special event fundraising. Thus, 100% of every donor dollar is dedicated toward client expenses.
- All books are kept in accordance with GAAP and audited annually by an independent auditing firm. FIT’s CFO is a certified and licensed CPA. FIT’s Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer are also CPAs. They spot-check accounting procedures and methodology. All expenditures are reviewed weekly by the Chairman of the Board and semi-annually by the Board. All checks require two signatures, one of which must be that of a Board member.
- Our Board of Directors serve in uncompensated positions. Each contributes generously of their talent, time and money to make FIT a success.
- The FIT program is closely monitored and scrutinized at all times. We meticulously track every client’s individual progress through the program, including for a minimum period of one year after job placement. Thus, we can not only analyze program performance outcomes, but also identify benchmarks in the process at which clients may get log-jammed. This allows us to take immediate steps to correct any potential problems and helps ensure that the program is operating at the most optimal level possible.
- Service delivery is scrutinized. Each service provided is identified, documented and accounted for, both in terms of its type and cost to deliver. We report the number of people served and program outcomes, most notably how many clients were placed into employment, their resulting wage increase, and the subsequent decrease in their need for public assistance, on a quarterly basis. We can also provide such accounting at any other interval, as our records are contemporaneously updated and available at all times.
3. Who are FIT’s clients?
FIT’s clients are the unemployed and underemployed in southern Nevada. Our clients are not the people you see on the street corner holding a cardboard sign. They are the cashier who lost his job after 26 years at the same store because the business closed. They are the woman who suddenly became the sole support of her family when her husband died and she needed to return to the workforce with no employment history or experience. They are hard-working, well-meaning people who simply lack the job skills or employment background to get and keep a job to support their family.
4. What geographic area does FIT serve?
FIT serves southern Nevada including the City of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Greater Las Vegas, Green Valley and unincorporated areas.
5. How does FIT address the needs of southern Nevada?
FIT addresses the need for employment.
Through its holistic approach, each and every barrier that stands between the client and the job they have targeted are identified, FIT not only helps clients be trained and qualified for a job; we teach them how to interview for, write the resume and get that job, and job retention skills. FIT guides clients toward appropriate job openings. FIT helps clients not only get jobs, but get jobs that pay enough to support their family.
FIT addresses the community’s need for well-paid employees.
FIT graduating clients are paid substantially more than when they entered the program. As a result they are more able to support their families as well as the community. They move from reliance on food stamps to patronizing the local café; rather than drawing on assistance, they support the local business. As a direct result of the FIT program, demands on public services decrease, the tax base of the region increases, and FIT clients gain disposable income that contributes to the local economy.
- FIT addresses the need for workers in a diversity of jobs.
- FIT helps develop and diversify the workforce by providing training to residents to qualify for positions in all areas of industry. Both directly and in collaboration with over 120 local partners, FIT clients find jobs as truck drivers, paramedics, A+ computer repair technicians, legal assistants, chefs, dog groomers, and much, much more.
- FIT addresses the need for the community to become more stable. A thriving economy that provides valuable jobs, income for necessities, and sufficient revenue for public services creates a healthy community. FIT graduates transition from living in subsidized housing to becoming renters and eventually local homeowners. As they move from being dependent on public assistance to becoming productive members of the working community, they are not just able to support their family: they gain dignity, self-respect and confidence through increased independence and self-sufficiency.
- FIT addresses southern Nevada’s future needs. The children of FIT clients learn from parents who are now able to provide for basic needs, stable housing, and a less stressful home environment. These factors decrease high school drop-out rates, as well as rates of violence and delinquency. FIT clients provide their children with secure home environments and role-models of self-sufficiency, ending the cycle of generational poverty.